Excerpt from Impressions of Italy Reader, do you still cherish, in despite of unhappy political misunderstandings, a passionate admiration for Italy, and especially for the secluded spots which have longest resisted the leveling influences of cosmopolitanism? Once you have crossed the Alps do your thoughts wander, as you turn over the leaves of the Guide, to those little towns which contain two or three pictures only, but divine pictures, or pictures whose legendary fame evokes some great historical memory? Do you enjoy narratives of travel without requiring anything more from them than that they shall have been written on the spot, and that, if they have been written by a simple tourist, he shall at least be a tourist who has been the first to take pleasure in his tour? Are you content with a description merely literary - a style w out of fashion - of a picture or a statue without exacting documentary proof of its authenticity? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.